Framer - The Program Designers Needed

But not the one we deserved...


Over the past few years, designing an app has become easier and easier for developers. It’s part of the reason we’ve seen new, innovative apps hit the market. Developers have pushed new programs to market fast, providing designers different ways to work, and in some cases changing the way designers want to work. The best example of this, in my opinion, may be Sketch.

Sketch came on to the market as a new tool for the designers’ toolbox. The team threw aside all the previous design programs that they had seen in the past and truly looked at what was going to be best for UI designers. Many other programs/apps have tried to do what Sketch has done, but none have done them quite as well.

Does Sketch have some sort of special sauce? Or did they come out at just the right time? I’m not sure, but what I do know, is that Sketch’s main goal is to do one thing good. One thing, that’s it, nothing more. I think this is a huge point to get across. Sketch does one thing great, it does UI design really, really well. This is where Framer comes in. Framer does one thing, really, really well.

Framer - App

The One Thing

Framer is meant, for one thing, interaction design, and it does that amazingly. It’s one of the first programs, that I know of, built from the ground up for interaction design. Other programs that interaction designers usually use were built for something else.

We were just adapting these apps for our own use because they were the best available at the time. Then programs like Principle, Flinto, and Proto.io came on the scene. Giving us some interaction design specific apps, but no ability to help developers create the same interactions we were making, that’s where Framer comes in.

Framer was designed to allow a seamless handoff from designer to developer, in fact, it actually writes the code for you. The unique interface of Framer allows designers to design in both a Graphical User Interface or write code. But no matter which one you choose, it does the other for you.

The possibilities in Framer are boundless. It creates a blank canvas for you to build any interaction you can think of. Drag and drops, app transitions, etc. and then test them in real time with your users. This is the dream for designers. To be able to mock something up and test it simultaneously is a dream come true.